is a former CIA counterterrorism officer, who in 2007 became the first
U.S. Government official to publicly confirm and describe CIA use of
waterboarding on al-Qaeda prisoners, which he described as torture. In
January 2013, Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison and was
released after serving more than 23 months. Since then, he has become a
tireless writer and speaker on whistleblowing, torture, and civil
liberties. Kiriakou is the sole U.S. Government official to have been
jailed for any reason relating to CIA torture – a victim of the Obama
administration’s unprecedented crackdown on government truth-tellers.
When President Obama openly acknowledged at a White House press
conference on August 1, 2014, “We tortured some folks,” John was in
prison for having said essentially the same thing seven years earlier.
Elizabeth Murray served
as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the
National Intelligence Council before retiring after a 27-year career in
the U.S. government. She is a member of Veteran Intelligence
Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), and of Sam Adams Associates. She writes
for Consortium News.